Some people, mostly women, start to get varicose veins when they are young. They generally have a genetic component but are aggravated by a poor diet, smoking, or a sedentary lifestyle. Pregnancy can also cause it to get worse.
In this article, we will explain what methods to take when varicose veins start appearing, because this is a time when you can prevent them, and in turn, improve your circulation and health in general.
Forget About Hot Water
Although some people get cold easily, the worst thing you can do if you have poor circulation is to use hot water when showering. Another thing that tends to happen when you have poor circulation is that you are even colder, which is why you aren’t doing anything but making the problem worse.
The change does not have to be sudden, but you should use cooler and cooler water so that your body gets used to it. Once you are done showering, you can use cold water for a few moments or even alternate cold and hot, especially in the areas that are most affected by varicose veins.
Little by little, you will notice a great feeling of lightness and well-being throughout your body with this simple change.
In order to prevent the appearance of varicose veins or the worsening of the ones you already have, you should make a conscious effort to move every day. It is not always possible to go to a gym, but you should also avoid those lazy times of the day in which you don’t move from your chair.
You can go up and down the stairs, walk to the places that aren’t far as long as you have time, do exercises or stretches at home, go on an excursion on the weekends, etc.
We especially recommend looking for an opportunity to go to the beach or mountains and walk barefoot on the sand, grass, or river. This pleasant experience is not only an excellent anti-stress remedy, but it also improves circulation as well as relaxing you and giving you vitality.
You will feel such relief with this simple exercise! We spend the whole day carrying around the weight of our body on our legs, and that is why we suggest an exercise to do the opposite at the end of the day: put your legs up.
You can do it in various ways:
- Laying down, put your legs on a couple of thick cushions.
- Lay facing the wall, supporting your legs vertically and forming a right angle.
- Do an inverted yoga position, supporting the weight of your body on your head or the dorsal part of your back. Only those people who know this well or can consult with a trainer should do this exercise.
Avoid Being Overweight
Being overweight is one of the worst aggravators of circulatory problems which is why, if this is your case, we suggest you follow a healthy and progressive weight loss plan that not only lets you lose weight, but also feel better, in a good mood, and have more energy to face all of the challenges that we are proposing in this article.
Take Care of Your Diet
In order to do a natural complete treatment, you should act inside and outside. Internally, you should avoid some foods like the ones we describe below:
- White sugar
- Refined salt
- Refined flours
- Fried and precooked food
- Hydrogenated fats
- Alcoholic beverages
- High roast coffee
In turn, the following foods are very beneficial:
- Citrus fruits
- Pumpkin seeds
- First cold pressed olive oil
Discover the Natural Remedies
In order to boost this treatment even more, especially during those times of the year in which you notice poor circulation in the more affected areas, we recommend choosing a natural medicinal plant based supplement.
It can be internal (capsules, pills, dye, extract, infusions, etc.) or external (creams, lotions, oils, gels, etc.), but they should always include some of the recommended medicinal plants to improve circulation:
- Butcher’s broom
- Witch hazel
- Centella Asiatica
Cold gels are also very effective to relieve more immediate discomfort. They are sold in pharmacies.
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